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Schools set for early release; events postponed

Nashua School District Superintendent Jahmal Mosley made his decision early enough for parents to craft contingency plans: Nashua students will be released two hours early from school today. “According to all meteorological reports, the storm will be at its apex from late Wednesday afternoon ...

Pelham PD proactive in training

PELHAM – While customers in surrounding theaters at Chunky’s Cinema and Pub were enjoying new releases of “Black Panther” or “Peter Rabbit,” on Monday night, the crowd in Theater 1 was sitting down to a much harsher but necessary reality: active shooter training. The Civilian ...

Nashua’s Babies R Us closing on March 31

NASHUA – Toys R Us has an outline to close up to 180 stores by mid-April and the Nashua Babies R Us is one of those locations. A representatives from that 10 Coliseum Ave. store said they weren’t allowed to speak about the store closure, but did announce the closing date is set for March ...

Spartan Gallery: Doors open to Milford High students’ art

An exhibit of dozens of finely crafted student artworks in many mediums greeted visitors to the recent opening of The Gallery of Student Work, a newly renovated space that formerly was the long unused school store at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. Today, the empty space is ...

Nashua kicks off its month-long celebration of French-speaking culture

NASHUA – Bonjour, parlez-vous Francais? For nearly 220 million people worldwide, in more than 30 countries, the answer is a resounding, “oui.” March is International Francophonie Month, an entire 31-day celebration of the French language and all its variants spoken in France, Canada, ...

AG not blocking hospital merger

NASHUA – The proposed merger between Southern New Hampshire Health and Elliot Health System cleared a major hurdle Monday with the completion of a review by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Gordon McDonald released the reports from the Charitable Trust Unit and ...

Alleged child molester caught

NASHUA – A 55-year-old resident of the Upper Valley town of Lebanon, wanted by Nashua authorities in connection with child sexual-assault allegations from nearly four years ago, was captured late last week and returned to Nashua in police custody. Edward Goodwin, of 86 Route 4A, Apt. 8, was ...

Judge: Former Litchfield man can avoid jail

NASHUA – For nearly 20 years, Joseph Hanby was a “kind man who enjoyed the simple things” in life and was a “significant person” in the life of the woman he was accused of threatening to shoot last year. That was when Hanby’s life had begun “spiraling out of control,” the woman ...

New U.S. Attorney vows action on opioids

CONCORD – Newly minted United States Attorney Scott Murray pledged to go after the opioid addiction crisis Monday, shortly after he was sworn in during a Concord ceremony at the federal courthouse. “As a career prosecutor, I look forward to working with my federal, state, and local law ...

Arrest made in library robbery

LITCHFIELD – An arrest was made in conjunction with an incident at the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library in Litchfield last month, according to police. Nicholas Walker, 28, of Manchester turned himself in at the Litchfield Police Department Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, not ...

In custody: Alleged stabbing suspect arraigned

NASHUA – A 21-year-old resident of the Forest Ridge Apartment complex was arraigned Monday on charges accusing her of stabbing a man she knows – who shouldn’t have been on her property to begin with, a prosecutor said. Courtney Ward, of 26D Hampshire Drive, is facing two counts of ...

Merrimack police investigating roadside death

MERRIMACK – Police say they have identified the man who was found dead early Tuesday morning along Daniel Webster Highway, but they are holding off on releasing his name until they are able to notify members of his family. Police officers located the body of the man, who was in his mid-20s, ...

Overdose fatalities down in Nashua

NASHUA – While Nashua ambulance personnel encountered 14 percent more suspected opioid overdose cases in January and February than it did for the same period last year, the number of opioid-related deaths dropped from six last year to three this year, according to statistics provided by ...

Spellbinding: From tarot cards to aura interpretation, psychic fair had it all

NASHUA – New endeavors and ongoing initiatives of City Arts Nashua got a healthy boost on Sunday, thanks to the scores of Greater Nashua residents who filled the landmark Hunt Memorial Building for its eighth annual Psychic Fair Fundraiser. The fair’s increasing popularity over the years ...

Lions assemble 10,000 meals in 45 minutes

NASHUA – Al Goldstein surveyed the dozens of men and women busy wrapping and packaging up meals in a large room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Sunday afternoon, then glanced at his watch. “Less than an hour?” Goldstein said to any of his fellow Lions Club members within earshot. “Actually, ...

Naticook Day Camp now offers field trips

The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department now offers Camp Trek, an innovative Teen Adventure Camp in addition to its traditional Naticook Day Camp, located at Wasserman Park, 116 Naticook Road. Camp Trek, open to town residents and also to non-residents, was launched last year and operates ...

Truck takes out utility pole in Pelham; driver arrested

PELHAM – A utility pole with a light-purple sign urging drivers to drive slowly because “kids (are) at play” was sheared off at its base around midnight Friday by a full-size pickup truck, whose driver, police said, was later arrested for driving under the influence. Alan Desmettre, 64, a ...

Merrimack boy emulates brothers on wrestling mat

MERRIMACK – Wrestling runs deep in the roots of the Dewar family. Three brothers share their fathers passion for the sport, whether doing so competitively or just for fun. Anson, 14, and Rhys, 8, compete in tournaments regularly, while their 12-year-old brother Luke tags along to cheer from ...

Study: Nashua 34th safest U.S. city to retire

Nashua is one of the safest cities in the country to retire, according to securitychoice.com. Analysts at Security Choice evaluated 495 cities or major metropolitan areas in the United States on several safety and retirement-focused metrics before narrowing those down to a list of the top 100 ...

Classic early 20th century Nashua murder

As promised at the time of my late-January essay on downtown Nashua’s quirkily-named Pins and Needles Alley, today I take you on a little journey back in time to what by all accounts was an unplanned, chance confrontation that would turn deadly before anyone knew what happened. What I ...